Work-related spinal cord injuries affect many California residents every year. Those whose injuries are minor in nature may only need pain medication and rest in order to recover. Those with moderate to severe injuries, though, may require medical care that is rather extensive or, if disability results, life-long care. If you are among those who have suffered such injuries, workers’ compensation benefits may be available to you.
Spinal cord injury treatment is both expensive and physically taxing. If your employer offers workers’ compensation benefits — which the law the requires most employers to carry — coverage of your treatment costs, rehabilitation, and other economic losses is possible to achieve.
Spinal cord injury causes and symptoms
Injuries to the spinal cord typically result from a sudden and forceful blow to the back. Common work-related causes include falls, car accidents, or being stuck by machinery or heavy equipment, among a variety of others. Symptoms generally noted after such an injury include:
- Breathing difficulties
- Partial or full paralysis
- Numbness or tingling in extremities
Certain symptoms are a sign of injury location and severity.
How do doctors treat a spinal court injury?
A doctor must confirm a diagnosis before recommending a treatment plan. While a back injury may be a pretty obvious thing, physicians may not know the severity of the injury without performing a physical exam, testing sensory functions, or getting an inside view of the damaged area. After a thorough investigation and the severity of the injury severity has been determined, doctors will suggest available treatment options. Some of the most common include:
- Electrical stimulation
- Physical therapy
As this type of injury is also emotionally difficult to overcome, your doctor may recommend that you see a counselor as part of your treatment plan.
What happens if my coverage is insufficient or insurance denies my claim?
Sadly, this happens more than anyone would like to think. If you find yourself in a position where the workers’ compensation insurance company cuts off your benefits or your denies your injury claim, you have legal options. You have the right to fight for fair and full compensation.
Insurance companies will often do everything they can to limit the amount of money they have to pay out to victims. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help you get the medical care and benefits you truly deserve.